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Ricky Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Ricky Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Ricky Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

His columns are archived here

Posted 07.29.05

RICKY BLUE

How to spot a Quebec Anglophone

What is a Quebec anglophone?

If you think God looks a lot like Pierre Trudeau and heaven looks a lot like Ogunquit, Maine, you might be a Quebec anglophone.

If you always greet a stranger with "Bonjour," even in Calgary, you might be an anglophone.

If you refer to the next referendum as: "A trade-up opportunity," you could be an Anglo.

Even though your high school is in Montreal, if all the reunions now take place in Toronto, this could mean that you are an Anglo.

If you ever had to introduce someone as "My Separatist friend," you could be an Anglo.

If you hang old advertising signs in your rec room not for nostalgia but because it's the only place that you are legally allowed to display them, you might be an Anglo.

If you always swear in French because it won't offend your family, you might be a Quebec Anglo.

If people can tell your age by the number of referendums you remember, you could be an Anglo.

If you always vote Liberal even though you know it won't make one bit of difference, you are probably a Quebec Anglo.

If you claim that single malt whiskey and Cuban cigars represent two of the major food groups, you could be an Anglo.

If you get the giggles watching the Parti Québécois self-destruct on TV each convention, you might be an Anglo.

If you know that Mordecai Richler wrote novels, and have even read one, you might be an anglophone.

If you think the last words to O Canada are: "And now the face-off," you could be an Anglo.

If you keep a "Maison à Vendre" sign in your garage just in case, you could be an Anglo.

If you believe that "Equality" is not an extremist position for a Quebec political party to take, you must be an anglophone.

If the French guy who delivers milk to your house refers to you as "Un vrai flashcube," you could be an Anglo.

If you can drive your car in rush hour while applying make-up, shifting gears, talking on a cellphone, honking the horn, and flipping someone the bird all at the same time, you could be a Quebec Anglo.

If you think people in the rest of Canada who complain about the winter are sissies, you could be an Anglo.

If you expect to be able to buy beer, buy wine and gamble all at the same corner store, you might be a Quebec Anglo.

If, in a moment of passion you once cried out: "Mitsumi!" - you could be an Anglo.

If you've got Air Canada Rapidair on speed dial, you might be an Anglo.

If you know who Tommy Schnurmacher is, and you agree with him, you could be an Anglo.

If you've had to visit an optometrist because you wander around Réno Depôt squinting at the miniscule English writing, you could be a Quebec anglophone.

If "The ancient wonders of Alexandria" are your friends who escaped to Ontario, you could be an Anglo.

If, when you're at home in Quebec: it sucks! But whenever you leave you miss it. Then you probably are a Quebec anglophone.

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